Gas Prices Rising as Mild Weather Drives Up Demand

After a sudden peak of gas prices that reached last week at $3.50 gas prices this week have modestly declined to $3.49 a gallon. The eight cents rise last week was attributed to rising demand for gas and higher global oil prices, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

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Mild Weather Drives Up Demand

According to AAA, the cost of a gallon of gasoline in the United States has climbed on average by 28 cents in the past month. The top 10 states that continue to see high gas prices include:

  1. Hawaii – $4.935
  2. California – $4.572
  3. Washington – $4.134
  4. Nevada – $3.993
  5. Alaska – $3.797
  6. Pennsylvania – $3.784
  7. Colorado – $3.895
  8. Oregon – $3.781
  9. Illinois – $3.662
  10. District of Columbia – $3.608

States with the least expensive gas prices across the nation include: Texas, Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma saw a regular gallon of gas going for under $3.20.

“January’s weather was relatively mild in much of the nation, which led to more drivers hitting the road. However, a return of wintery conditions in February may see a revival of seasonal driving patterns,” said Andrew Gross, AAA spokesperson.

Diesel Prices Continue to Decline

According to AAA, the national average price for a gallon of diesel has dropped to $4.675 from last week’s $4.681 price tag. The current average gallon of diesel fuel remains 10 cents lower than a year ago.

Despite the drop in the prices of diesel a number of states are still feeling the pinch. Some 18 states have seen the price of diesel surpass the national average, with some states surpassing the $5 mark. These include:

  • Hawaii – $6.043
  • California – $5.729
  • Maine – $5.641
  • New York – $5.282
  • Pennsylvania – $5.105
  • Rhode Island – $5.087
  • Massachusetts – $5.085
  • New Hampshire – $5.088
  • Washington – $5.069
  • Vermont – $5.024

On the other hand, Oklahoma has the nation’s cheapest diesel retailing at $4.022 a gallon. Oklahoma is joined by Missouri, Kansas, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Texas, Nebraska, and Iowa with diesel selling for less than $4.30 a gallon.

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Samson Haileyesus Samson Haileyesus is a staff writer for Small Business Trends and has been a member of the team for 5 years. He has several years of progressive experience in media, communication and PR working with government, NGOs and private sector.